Regular planning meeting but with a focus on the Day of Action (29th April 2010). All are welcome.
We are going to have a day of action for the Whittington on Thursday 29th April and would like workplaces, surgeries, nurseries, housing associations etc. to organize events and hold photo opportunities during the day. We can come round and take photos of the events you organise with a view to creating a montage for the website and distribution to the press.
Please let us know what you can do. We have posters and badges available so please let us know if you need some.
The focal point of the day will be a rally outside the Whittington from 12.00 until 14.00. This is an opportunity to remind North Central London NHS that this is our hospital, not theirs, and to show our support for the workers and patients of the Whittington.
You can see a list of the events planned so far, and confirmed speakers for the rally, here: http://dwhc.org.uk/doa/
Please come along if you can.
First up, The Camden New Journal and Islington Tribune ran a large feature about the campaign, including more celebrity support and background to the plans for our A&E and focusing on the uncertainty these plans have created for staff at the Whittington:
FEAR and uncertainty over the future of Whittington Hospital could spark a mass exodus of specialist staff, union leaders have warned.
Unison’s national head of health, Karen Jennings, said proposals to close down the Whittington’s accident and emergency department had left a dark cloud over the Highgate hospital.
She said A&E staff were “afraid” and “intimidated” and that hundreds of jobs will be axed if the casualty section is closed. Read more…
At some point over last weekend a friend and I wrote this and I recorded it in true bedsit fashion.
Click here for the song: Whittington Song.
The Whittington Song, by Dave Plummer and Andria Britton.
Don’t make a casualty of our A&E,
Don’t try to fit us all in to the Royal Free,
Not saying nothing’s wrong with the Homerton,
But we need an A&E at the Whittington. Read more…
The day of the demo looms closer so most of our activity is focusing on making it as much of a spectacle as possible.
Please note the *new route *- Assemble at *Highbury Corner at 12*, not Highbury Fields – and it will go to the front of the hospital in Magdala Avenue. Islington Tribune have hired a bus that will go ahead of the march – regs, I’m afraid.
*Mass leafleting* at Holloway Road, by Morrisons entrance *11.30 on Saturday 20th *February.
Please leaflet wherever you can and also use the petitions in hard copy and on line. You can use this leaflet for yours and others’ windows, in addition to the fab info and posters in last week’s Islington Tribune. Look forward to seeing you at the above events – especially the demonstration!
Joint Chair of Defend the Whittington Hospital Coalition